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A guide for Customers

These days artists and bands tend to book their tours months in advance. In order to give you the best notice of up and coming shows we list events once they have been confirmed by the band or their management


The downside of this is that dates can change due to unforeseen circumstances, sometimes at very short notice. We do our best to ensure that this site is kept as up to date as is possible, with updates happening at least once a week.


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Coming to The Musician in June



Fri 1

Never mind the Diamond Jubilee, here's

The Pistols

£6adv £8door

plus The Lost Future

The Pistols are the world renowned Sex Pistols tribute band play all of the original material from one of the the most influential bands of our time. All of the blistering hits such as Pretty Vacant, God Save The Queen and Anarchy In the UK are there... but you will also be treated to the farcicle gems of the Sex Pistols aftermath such as Friggin' In The Riggin', Silly Thing and My Way.


A worryingly authentic Sex Pistols tribute band from Good Old London Town; real musicians, real punk, and the closest thing to the original Sex Pistols you are ever likely to see.


For more info visit


Sat 2

Lazy Sunday presents...
Who's Next

Who's next are a hard working live tribute to The Who, and capture a magical point in time when The Who were the greatest live rock ‘n’ roll band around. Their live show aims to recreate this period in the 1970's with an explosive live sound and stage act, plus authentic stage wear and instruments. The result is a time capsule ride back to the days of Live At Leeds and The Isle of Wight Festival, with a selection of early hits and 70’s stadium classics.


Sun 3

Danny Mayo presents...

The Book Of Genesis

£9adv £11door

The Book of Genesis faithfully recreate the musical brilliance of England's finest prog rock band covering the Gabriel years and some of the best songs from the Collins period too. The band cover a wide repertoire from the first album onwards but focused on the progressive rock era up until Steve Hackett left the band.


The Book of Genesis performance encompasses all the exciting hallmarks of the Gabriel period (masks, costumes, acting) and they continue this on into the Collins period.

The Book of Genesis are truly a revelation for all Genesis fans.


Mon 4

Fossil Collective
£6adv £7door

plus The Fontana Instincts and Ryan Lauder

Fossil Collective, a two-piece from Leeds, consists of multi instrumentalists David Fendick and Jonny Hooker. Their first recordings saw them taking inspiration from classic albums by Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac and Simon and Garfunkel and suggested comparisons with more contemporary artists such as Fleet Foxes, Midlake and Bon Iver. But in truth their exquisitely structured songs and glorious, rich harmonies owe as much, if not more, to a solid English song tradition, and their material holds that distinct English quality that many North American artists hanker after.


For more info visit


Tue 5




Wed 6

Nu Gen Blues presents...

The Cream Tangerines + Glassfoot + Preacher & The Bear


Thu 7
Angela Armstrong + Courtney Askey
+ Nancy Dawkins





For more info visit


Fri 8

The Ann Duggan Band + Not The Blues Brothers


The not The Blues Brothers tribute from Bristol are joining forces with the Blue Collar singer Ann Duggan to perform a non stop assault on your senses, delivering an electrifying mix of classic tracks from both hit movies including firm favourites such as Everybody Needs Somebody To Love, Gimme Some Lovin', Soul Man, Shake A Tailfeather and many more, alongside raunchy blues and original music.

It wouldn't be Jake and Elwood without a touch of mayhem. This foot-stompin', hand-clappin', heart-stoppin', eye poppin', all singin', all dancin' Annie and the Blues Brothers party will feature a secret stash of surprises and everyone is welcome! So, sit back and brace yourselves! This is a show on a mission!


Sat 9
The Mustangs

plus Friend Of A Friend

The Mustangs blistering live sets and albums have been wowing fans all over the country since the four-piece band formed in Hampshire in 2002. They have headlined stages at renowned UK festivals such as Colne, Skegness and Swanage and in 2009 were invited to play 2 nights at Paris' legendary Zinc Blues Festival. Their third album, Split Decision, reached number 5 on the iTunes blues chart, and their last, Nothing Stays The Same, was one of Blues in Britain magazine's 20 recommended albums of the year.


For more info visit


Sun 10

Wildfire Sessions Afternoon Showcase

£4adult £2U16s FreeU5s

feat. Ian Babington, Nurse Roberts & The Medicine Man, Arrowhead, The Rogue State Circus, Abandon Her and Simon Connolly

Afternoon Show (1pm til 5pm)

Ian Babington is a singer-songwriter based in Leicestershire, in the heart of England. Performing both in a solo capacity and sometimes as one half of duo Evangeline, he has gigged widely and received lots of radio support since the 2006 release of his debut solo album 'Communication Overdue'.

For more info visit


Sun 10

Bill Kirchen & Too Much Fun

£10adv £12door

plus Micky Kemp and The Drugstore Cowboys

Evening Show (8pm til midnight)

Grammy nominated guitarist, singer and songwriter Bill Kirchen is one of the fortunate few who can step onto any stage, play those trademark licks that drove his seminal Commander Cody classic Hot Rod Lincoln into the Top Ten, and elicit instant recognition for a career that has spanned over 40 years and includes guitar work with Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, Doug Sahm, Elvis Costello and many more. Named “A Titan of the Telecaster” by Guitar Player Magazine, he celebrates an American musical tradition where rock 'n' roll and country music draws upon its origins in blues and bluegrass, Western swing from Texas and California honky-tonk. His current CD Word To The Wise on Proper American features duets with many of these artists he's worked with, including Elvis, Nick, Maria Muldaur and Dan Hicks.


For more info visit



Mon 11
Moon Duo (feat. Ripley Johnson of Wooden Shjips)


plus The Roz Bruce Infusion and Angela Armstrong (DJ Set)

Moon Duo is the tandem of Eric “Ripley” Johnson (guitarist/vocalist for Wooden Shjips) and Sanae Yamada. Rather than representing a departure from the hazy, drug-addled psychedelia of Wooden Shjips, Moon Duo functions as a natural creative extension for Johnson. Whereas the Shjips are strongly rooted in a late-60s/early-70s, distinctly Californian aesthetic of Jefferson Airplane and The Doors, Moon Duo is a more geographically, if not temporally, adventurous project. Escape, the band’s first record for Woodsist, finds Johnson reveling in the murky pop stylings of Suicide, the motorik rhythm of Neu!, and the ecstatic clatter of The Velvet Underground.


For more info visit


Tue 12
Blues Heroes Showcase


feat. Tony Alles, Greg Tempest, Geoff Overon, Mike Pruden and Chris Loach all backed by Mick Ridgway's Mojo Hand



Wed 13


Thu 14

Acoustic Sessions

feat. Markus Reeves, Kiera Lawson and George Sandersun


For more info about Horus Music please visit


Fri 15
Beauty With A Purpose Charity Night

£5adv £6door

feat. Kingsize (short set) By The Rivers (acoustic feat. Lena Walker, Miss Leicester 2012) and Jassa Ahluwalia

Tonight's gig is a charity show organised by Miss Leicester 2012, Lena Walker and features Nile Barrow and Jordan Birtles of rising reggae stars By The Rivers performing an acoustic set, Leicester SKA favourites Kingsize and exciting new singer-songwriter (as well as screen actor) Jassa Ahluwalia. All money raised will go to Beauty With A Purpose, the Miss World charity helping disadvantaged children across the world.


Sat 16
Larry Miller Band

£10adv £12door

plus Sidewinder

Having played alongside the likes of Thunder, Ian Gillan, Climax Blues Band, Peter Green and Walter Trout Larry Miller is fast becoming the UK's top Blues Guitarist.


“Fantastic, world class guitarist” - Bluesrockers, USA

“Highly impressive - A total victory” - Kerrang

“His guitar playing is simply mesmerising” - Bluesmatters UK

“The best 'in-yer-face' rock band around" - The Guardian

“A natural successor to Rory Gallagher and Alvin Lee” - International Encyclopaedia Of Rock

“A blues rock power house” - The Guardian

"Entertainment with a capital E” - Blues In Britain


Sun 17
The ZZ Tops


The unique three man tribute to rock music's best known Texan boogie band are back to “Tear the house down!” in 2012, bringing a tour with more Tone, Taste and Tenacity than ever before. Complete with their real beards, the crazy guitars, the moves and over two hours of hot-rodded rock 'n' roll! All eras of ZZ Top are included in the same show, in two very individual sets.


The ZZ Tops pack the classics like 'Gimee All Your Lovin', Sharp Dressed Man, Legs, Tush, La Grange, Rough Boy and many more into a 2 hour plus rock extravaganza and throw in a few surprises for hardcore (and not so hardcore) fans to savour!


Mon 18
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 19

Hillfolk Noir

plus The Outwoods County Riders

Fronted by singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Travis Ward, Hillfolk Noir’s peculiar take on traditional acoustic mountain music is filtered through a half-century of folk, country and rock ‘n’ roll and fed by an affinity for medicine show culture and Depression-era string-band blues. The band calls it Junkerdash, which has multiple definitions up to and including “psychedelic swamp-shack rags.” However, if you’re looking for something neat and tidy to place in print or casual conversation, feel free to use current music-journalism parlance and call it “indie folk.”


Wed 20

Slap Dash For No Cash presents...

A Night Of DIY Music

Free entry (donations welcome)

feat. MJ Hibbett & The Validators, Kevin Hewick, Different Fish, Shouty Shit Stuff and John!


Thu 21
Dick Gaughan

plus support
There are no half measures with Dick Gaughan. What you see is what you get and what you get is one of the cornerstones of modern traditional music. Dick Gaughan has never been easy. The songs he delivers ask questions that some listeners may have thought never existed - so they may not know the answers. When the answers duly come, delivered in a voice that throbs with a unique kind of controlled, vibrating passion, he can shake the most complacent mindset out of its skull.



Fri 22
John Butler (Diesel Park West)


Tonight's show features a solo performance from the lead singer and lyricist of Diesel Park West. Expect many highlights from the back catalogue of this increasingly well regarded singer and songwriter, along with spiritual wit, dark humour and tales of the real music business.


“Butlers songs have the unmistakeable sound of greatness about them.” - Q


Sat 23
The KiteRunners

plus support

Afternoon Show (2pm til 5pm)

The KiteRunners are a young indie band from Leicester, and have started to make a name for themselves on the pub circuit and having appeared at a few minor festivals. They are influenced by bands such as the Arctic Monkeys, The Wombats and Vampire Weekend.


Sat 23
Sinnerboy (Rory Gallagher Tribute)
£7adv £9door

Evening Show (8pm til close)

Sinnerboy are simply the best Rory Gallagher tribute band in the world - and that's the official opinion of Donal Gallagher, Rory Gallagher's brother. They've played Rory Gallagher conventions all over Europe, and the ultimate accolade - in Rory's hometown in Ireland.

Guitarist and singer Barry Barnes is one of Europe's most active enthusiasts working to keep alive the music and memory of Rory Gallagher.


Sun 24



plus Acoustic Souls

7Storeysoul are one of the Midlands’ most innovative funk and soul bands. What sets them apart from other bands is their refreshingly unpredictable and eclectic mix of imaginative funk driven originals and 70s soul gems. The band were founded in 2005 by prolific songwriter and 70s soul fanatic Mark Poole. Featuring Mark’s funky rhythm guitar and the uniquely sweet and soulful voice of Laura Hughes, their sound is underpinned by an ultra-tight rhythm section.


In addition to Mark’s original material, expect to hear classics from such greats as Stevie Wonder, the Crusaders, AWB, Quincy Jones, Bill Withers and the Staples Singers along with more contemporary material by artists including rhe Brand New Heavies, Amy Winehouse and Beverley Knight. 7Storeysoul are a must see for anyone with a passion for classic funk and soul and an appreciation of a great tune!


Mon 25
The City Acoustic Club
Free open mic night


For up to date info and news please join The City Acoustic Club Facebook group!


Tue 26

Doug MacLeod


Doug MacLeod is a singer-songwriter in the American tradition. He is a traveling artist that writes and sings original songs that are based on his own life and experiences. He learned from the old masters, lived the music, survived the life and carries forward a valuable tradition. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting, guitar wizardry, warm soulful vocals, wit and unforgettable live performances. At the heart of this is his knack for storytelling, bringing characters-from the faceless to the legendary-to strikingly real life.


Wed 27

Leicester Rocks


This event in the LEICESTER ROCKS programme will showcase many of the bands that have been in this and the Weekend Warrior scheme giving many the opportunity to perform along with all the other musicians that have been involved.


So expect a wide variety of styles and talent and for those of you who don't already know, LEICESTER ROCKS has been organised by Dan Britton and Simon Gilroy and is designed to target those musicians who have allowed time and their instruments to slip into the background as life, work and families have taken priority.


LEICESTER ROCKS is there to help with getting back into the music scene - it is a regular mentored rehearsal course aimed at creating and supporting new bands and is held at Quad studios.


Thu 28
The Hillmans feat. Dick Taylor (Rolling Stones/Pretty Things)

Playing a mix of jazz blues, Chicago blues, delta blues, rock & roll and carefully selected popular songs, The Hillmans are now firmly established as a leading band on the Isle Of Wight. This is hardly surprising as they feature the legendary Dick Taylor, guitarist with the Pretty Things and an original member of the Rolling Stones. The band also features Tony Minx's solid rhythm guitar, powerful vocals and howling harmonica, and Mike Huddart's lyrical, driving bass, which combine to provide the ideal platform for Dick to showcase his amazing fretboard technique, particularly with a bottleneck.


Fri 29
The Groundhogs


plus People's Republic Of Mercia

Tony McPhee may be the godfather of grunge, ask Nirvana producer Jack Endino, he may have been playing with blues legends (Hooker, Dupree, Wolf)  in the British Blues boom check out BBC4's 'Blues Britania' and 'Blues in Britain' footage. He's still featuring in Classic Rock, Mojo and Music Maker magazines, you will have to buy those… and yet he remains one of the businesses more enigmatic guitar legends, choosing to just get on and play rather than jump on the biz bandwagon.


For more info visit


Sat 30

Kingsize play foot-stompin’, house rocking Kingsized arrangements of the finest original Jamaican ska sounds. Their style draws heavily on the classic Studio One song catalogue and traditional big band sounds of ‘60s ska.



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